But I’m not allowed to tell you. Here is why: I met a local guy at the dump station in Hailey the other day. After he asked me what I think about the area, I told him that I really like it here. And he immediatly said: “Don’t tell anybody!”.
As the headline already suggests, I’m not a big fan of Park City, Utah. But I had to stop here again, because a) it is in the middle between Salida, Colorado and Sun Valley, Idaho and b) everybody deserves a 2nd chance.
Six years ago, we rode the IMBA epic “Mid Mountain” trail and the “Crest” trail. Both trails were okay, but not special. At least, back then we were not thrilled at all.
Now, I’m travelling alone in our van, which was very strange at the beginning. But it got better day after day. And after three days I got company. Jeny & Mike from Grand Junction came to spend the weekend with me in Salida, Colorado.
As some already know, Frank interrupted the trip to support his father after a back surgery. The doctor says that the surgery went well, but the pain is still immense. That’s why Frank decided to fly home so he can be there for his father and help with everthing that has to be organized now.
After 4 weeks above 7000 feet and three mountain passes in a row between Durango and Montrose, our van tells us that we should check the engine.
The good thing is that the van still drives normal and that we find a Fiat Professional dealer in Montrose. The bad thing is the american diagnostic tool don‘t communicate with our european van.
After 6 days in and around Durango we move on towards Crested Butte. On our way we overtook two german mountainbikers with bikepacking gear. We stopped and chatted for a while. Before our trip started we followed their blog. The bikes and the bikpacking gear is all they brought over for their 3 months trip from Las Vegas to Denver. Somehow, I think our roadtrip with our van is very luxurious.
No, we are not participating at the Colorado Trail Race. But we met some of the riders during our stay in and around Durango, that are crazy enough to race the 500 miles from Durango to Denver. The fastest guy, Kurt Refsnider, arrived today in Denver after 4 days and 13 hours. Wow! We (just) did some segments of the Colorado Trail which were beautiful!
That is how free campspots in Colorado look like. Those two spots are in Colorado just 2 miles behind the New Mexican border. Both are on 10.000 feet, which is higher than the summit of the Zugspitze, which is the highest mountain in Germany with an elevation of 9.718 feet.
Abiquiu Lake is our last stop in New Mexico. We enjoy the lake and are happy that Paul is joining us. The next day we ride the Rim Vista Trail together.